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National Pasta Day: Pair Homemade Pasta With These Wines!

Happy National Pasta Day everyone! There’s something undeniably comforting about a plate of homemade pasta. If you’ve ever tried to make pasta from scratch, you know that it can be an intensively messy, yet rewarding activity. Pasta making is very simple, and I usually use this recipe whenever I make it. However, even though the basic ingredients of pasta are simple, a truly great pasta is all about the sauce! Whether it’s the rich flavors of a creamy Alfredo or simply a classic marinara, pasta has a way of warming our hearts and satisfying our taste buds. But what’s even better than a plate of delicious homemade pasta is pairing it with the perfect wine. Choosing the right wine can elevate your pasta dish, enhance the flavors, and create a memorable dining experience for friends and family. In this article, we’ll explore fantastic wine options to pair with different homemade pasta creations.

Carbonara & Chardonnay 

Creamy pasta dishes, like fettuccine Alfredo or carbonara, call for a white wine with enough body and acidity to complement the richness of the sauce. Chardonnay, especially those with a slightly oaked character, fits the bill perfectly. The buttery notes in Chardonnay harmonize with creamy pasta sauces, creating a delightful balance. 

Wines to try: La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay, Mer Soleil “Silver” Chardonnay

Lemon Garlic & Sauvignon Blanc

If your homemade pasta is dressed with a light and zesty sauce, such as a lemony garlic and herb or a fresh tomato basil, Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent choice. Its crisp acidity and vibrant citrus flavors will provide a refreshing contrast to the dish. 

Wines to try: Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Marinara & Montepulciano 

When it comes to pairing wine with tomato-based pasta sauces, like marinara or arrabbiata, look no further than Montepulciano. This red wine’s bright acidity and red berry notes complement the acidity in tomatoes and add a lovely depth of flavor to your meal. 

Wines to try: Laetitia Estate Montepulciano, Garofoli Montepulciano “Podium”, Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Marina Cvetic”

Ragu & Barbera

For pasta dishes featuring hearty meat sauces or ragù, Barbera is a fantastic option. This Italian red wine boasts lively acidity and red fruit flavors that can stand up to the richness and complexity of meaty pasta sauces, making it a classic choice for dishes like Bolognese. 

Wines to try: Braida Montebruna Barbera d’Asti, Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d’Asti, Elio Altare La Villa Barbera d’Alba

Vodka Sauce & Chianti

Chianti, a Sangiovese-based Italian red wine, is another excellent choice for pasta with tomato-based sauces. Its medium body and red fruit flavors work well with the acidity of tomatoes, while the wine’s herbal and earthy undertones can enhance the savory elements of your dish.

Wines to try: Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico, Dievole Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Seafood Pasta & Rosé

Rosé wines are incredibly versatile and can be a delightful pairing for a wide range of pasta dishes. Opt for a dry rosé, and it can complement anything from seafood linguine to light pasta salads. The wine’s fruity and floral notes provide a pleasant contrast to the flavors of your dish.

Wines to try: Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare, AIX Rosé, Côté Mas Aurore Rosé

Pesto & Prosecco

Pesto is one of my all-time favorite pasta sauces. Consider pairing it with Prosecco! This sparkling Italian wine is crisp, light, and effervescent, making it an excellent choice to pair with the savory pesto sauce. 

Wines to try: Bisol Jeio Prosecco, Mionetto Organic Prosecco, Carpene Malvolti 1868 Extra Dry Prosecco

Mushroom Truffle & Amarone della Valpolicella

For special occasions and indulgent pasta dishes like mushroom truffle pasta, consider the bold and full-bodied Amarone. Its intense flavors of dried fruits and spices can complement the richness and earthiness of your dish, creating a memorable dining experience.

Wines to try: Buglioni Il Bugiardo Amarone, Musella Amarone della Valpolicella, Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella

Remember that wine pairing is all about personal preference, and experimenting with different wines can be a fun and educational experience. I always like to grab a few different bottles of wine in the same style and use my Coravin to try them throughout the meal! Today on National Pasta Day, enjoy some of these wine pairings, and let us know in the comments below what you think!

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